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Issued at 21/08/2014 6:34am. Valid till 23/08/2014 6pm

Queenstown

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
1
Highest Danger Rating
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Certain
Likely
Unlikely
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Largest
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Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
Warmer day temperatures are helping to improve snowpack strength. Last week strong winds moved snow onto lee aspects and scoured windward slopes, windslab conditions can be found on many aspects above 1700 m. Still be cautious of stiff windslab snow and large pillow looking deposits. Avoid overloading slopes in steep terrain, you can do this by skiing/riding suspect slopes one at a time. Some N facing aspects are warming during the afternoon, however not today as the cool S breeze will prevent this, you may find N aspects are icy and crusty today.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No recent avalanches reported, the last events were well over a week ago.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
The snowpack is a real mix at present, upper elevations have been scoured by gale force winds. Mid elevations are a combination of windpack powder, breakable windslab or if your lucky a few turns of powder, pockets of exposed ice are in the mix as well. Lower elevations are icy with small areas of soft snow, on some exposed N aspects you may get some sun softened snow.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Morning snow showers, mainly to the South, fine spells increasing this afternoon. Winds are gale strength from the S for much of the day. The freezing level lowering to 700 m.


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Forecast by Chris Cochrane

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